Developed by the Ohio University Telecommunications Center, with the kind assistance of the Ohio Humanities Council, this site brings together a number of rather fine audio recordings of authors reading their own works, video recordings of a number of plays, and an extensive archive of author interviews conducted by Don Swaim from his national syndicated program, Book Beat, which was produced in the 1970s and 1980s. The site contains a number of great renditions of various works especially for children, including some fine readings of the stories of Beatrix Potter and a great performance of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as directed and narrated by Karen Chan. Visitors will also want to look at the various poetry and short story audio recordings archived here, including readings by Andrew Dworkin, Robert Pinsky, Dave Smith, and Bonnie Proudfoot. The author interviews by Don Swaim are definitely worth listening to, and range from 10 minutes to some which are close to an hour in duration. The writers interviewed in this area include Isaac Asimov, William Burroughs, Anthony Burgess, and Gunter Grass. The interview with Raymond Carver is particularly revealing as he talks very candidly about his work and his troubling experience battling alcoholism.
(no comments available yet for this resource)